Submissions for the 2021 Salute Your Shorts Film Festival is now closed.


  • Dramatic Shorts

  • Comedy Shorts

  • Genre Shorts

  • Animated Shorts

  • Documentary Shorts

  • Experimental & Auteur Shorts

  • Super Short Film (under 5 minutes)

  • Pilots

If you have any questions, please contact



Ultra Earlybird Deadline: January 12, 2021

Earlybird Deadline: February 6, 2021

Early Deadline: March 3, 2021

Regular Deadline: March 28, 2021

Late Deadline: April 22, 2021

Extended Deadline: May 17, 2021

Final Deadline: June 11, 2021



We do not require premiere status and will consider shorts which have been made available for online viewing.


Every submitted film will be viewed in its entirely by member(s) of our selection team.


** Shorts vying for the "best super short film" must have credits rolling by 4:59. If your credits sequence pushes your film past 5:00, please submit it in it's appropriate category (i.e., animation, comedy, drama, etc...). It will still be considered for the super short award.


Students are welcome and should include school information in their cover letter.


All submitted material must be the original work of the author(s) aside from copyrighted music (which we accept).


Music videos, screen-dance, and experimentally constructed films should be submitted under the experimental category. Music videos may be spec.


We accept material from anywhere in the world. All submitted material must be in English or with English subtitles.


Entry fees are non-refundable. No refunds will be issued for any reason.


Contest applicants must accept without reservations the decisions rendered by the competition.


We do not provide screening fees.


Festival cannot provide lodging or travel stipends, but we will put traveling filmmakers in touch with affordable options.


Upon invitation, participants will be contacted via email by the Print Traffic Coordinator with format confirmation, exhibition details, and delivery instructions.


This year, we are accepting films completed on or after January 1, 2019.